Album Reviews

MANTAR “The Modern Art Of Setting Ablaze” (Nuclear Blast 2018)

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MANTAR : in Turkish, it means “mushroom”. Well, it doesn’t sound too heavy. A strange monicker for the prolific and rather intriguing German duo – who released...

Black Elephant “Cosmic Blues” (Small Stone Records 2018)

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If you don’t get the drill about an album titled “Cosmic Blues” – first outing from Italian heavy-mongers BLACK ELEPHANT on fine fuzz dealer Small Stone...

BLACK TUSK “T.C.B.T.” (Season Of Mist 2018)

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(Disclaimer: the band and ourselves disclaim all responsibility for any speeding while listening to this album in a car). Savannah’s trio BLACK TUSK – whom we love here at...

DOPETHRONE “Transcanadian Anger” (Totem Cat Records 2018)

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Cackling right back at us again through the haze, like some kind of crazed witch astride a hot-rod fueled with liquid depravity, DOPETHRONE return with their fifth full length....

ASG “Survive Sunrise” (Relapse Records 2018)

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ASG. Three letters for “All Systems Go”, a shorthand known to any skateboarder who used to rewind those vids showing extra-skilled tricksters slaying the curb. ASG...

GRAVEYARD “Peace” (Nuclear Blast 2018)

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On 23th September of 2016, the undertakers decided to close down and write the epitaph on their own tombstone. Divergences of opinion among the band got the better of...

SLEEP “The Sciences” (Third Man Records 2018)

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Stoner rock’s absolute icons SLEEP caught everyone off-guard on 4/20 by releasing their first album in 20 years, The Sciences, without any promo or exclusive...

SUNNATA “Outlands” (S/R 2018)

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Imagine. Imagine that you are the Captain Willard looking for Colonel Kurtz. Aboard your cockleshell, you are going back up that damned river in a mist-filled, claustrophobic,...

DESERT STORM “Sentinels” (APF Records 2018)

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Not many bands can claim, having first gotten together in their formative years as mates at school, that more than ten years later they’ll still be powering away with five...

MONSTER MAGNET “Mindfucker” (Napalm Records 2018)

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Frenzied rock veterans MONSTER MAGNET return with their eleventh album, and as a new release from the band is red-letter day, it will require all your attention instead...

MESSA “Feast For Water” (Aural Music 2018)

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I love cinematographic music. Whether it illustrates a movement in a song or highlights emotions, I can’t dissociate the visual world from the music I’m listening to. And I am...

THE ATOMIC BITCHWAX “Force Field” (Tee Pee Records 2017)

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So tell me: when have THE ATOMIC BITCHWAX ever let us down, ever stopped that boogie machine from a-rollin’, or ever even let us catch our breath? Never, that’s when, and from...

Corrosion of Conformity “No Cross No Crown” (Nuclear Blast 2018)

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It begins, as it inevitably always does, with a riff. A smokey riff, a dark riff, a lingering riff; part downtrodden delta blues, part Mississippi muddied sludge. And even...

WHEELFALL “The Atrocity Reports”

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Last October, Nancy, France’s own WHEELFALL released their third album The Atrocity Reports. An album that is so intense in its sound and thematics that you...

FU MANCHU “Clone Of The Universe” (At The Dojo Records 2018)

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The wait is over! FU MANCHU‘s twelfth studio album is finally out, as the follow-up to their 2014’s “Gigantoid” which, let’s be honest, left me...